The Davidson Institute is a national nonprofit organization headquartered in Reno, Nevada. Our mission is to recognize, nurture and support profoundly intelligent young people and to provide opportunities for them to develop their talents to make a positive difference.
Position: Family Consultant, Davidson Young Scholars Program
Location: South Reno Office (not at the Davidson Academy)
Status: Non-Exempt, Full-Time (Monday through Friday, 7:00AM – 3:30PM)
Deadline: Monday, September 23, 2019
The Davidson Institute is seeking self-motivated, articulate, resourceful professionals. We are currently hiring for the Family Consultant position with the Davidson Young Scholars program. This program currently serves over 3,700 families of gifted children across the country. The program provides them with:
A network to encourage and support one another, including access to a private website which acts as a digital community hub and access to experts in the fields of gifted education, child development, and parenting;
Opportunities to connect at in-person events; and
Individualized assistance from a Family Consultant via email and over the phone.
Gifted young people are often misunderstood. As a neurodiverse community, they may have a different developmental track and may need specialized opportunities to excel and achieve. They may also have nontraditional educational trajectories.
Family Consultants support the parents of these young people as they navigate schools and other educational options, negotiate the unique social and emotional challenges that face this population, and foster their children’s talents and abilities.
If you are interested in learning about this population and meaningfully contributing to this community, consider joining the Family Consultant team.
Note: This is a full-time position based in an office environment in Reno at a location separate from the Davidson Academy.
Duties and Responsibilities
All new hires participate in a comprehensive training during the first few months of their employment. Trainees work closely with the Family Consultant team to build their knowledge of this special population and to learn the skills necessary to provide direct and indirect support to Young Scholar families. During this training period, trainees develop the ability to work independently via email and over the phone with families across the country. Primarily, Family Consultants assist families in the areas of educational planning, school advocacy, social and emotional development, interest exploration, and talent development.
At the conclusion of the training period, Family Consultants are able to perform the essential functions of the position, including but not limited to the following:
Family Consultants are fluent in the research and current conversations concerning profoundly gifted individuals, learning differences, best practices in education, parenting techniques, and child development. Through research, Family Consultants are well-versed in the resources available to Young Scholar families.
Family Consultants serve as insightful professionals and empathetic advocates for Young Scholars, their families, the Young Scholars program, and the gifted community as a whole.
Family Consultants accurately and efficiently assess the needs of Young Scholar families. They guide families in identifying and articulating their goals. Family Consultants assist families in meeting those goals by providing resources and strategies that align with families’ values. Family Consultants empower families by equipping them with the knowledge and skills they need to proactively confront future challenges.
Family Consultants facilitate connections among Young Scholars and their parents. They foster a sense of community in the Young Scholars program.
Family Consultants encourage Young Scholars to make a positive difference in their communities and identify opportunities for Young Scholars to do so.
Family Consultant maintain accurate and up-to-date records.
Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited university or college.
Ability to pass a background check and a drug screening.
Willingness to accept and incorporate constructive feedback from supervisors and team members to advance your professional development as a Family Consultant; resiliency in periods of professional growth.
Self-motivated to complete tasks independently and a strong ability to work as a constructive team member.
Exceptional ability to communicate verbally and in writing in a professional, empathetic and insightful manner.
Superior organizational and time management skills, including the ability to consistently meet deadlines.
Strong computer skills, especially with the Microsoft Office Suite (including Outlook) and internet-based research.
Consistent tendency to take initiative demonstrated by proactively sharing innovate ideas with a plan for implementation, assisting colleagues without being asked, and anticipating and responding to problems with a solution-focused approach.
Exceptional ability to learn, synthesize and utilize large amounts of information.
Dependability demonstrated through a consistent ability to follow through on commitments made.
Exceptional skill in making good judgement calls in difficult situations.
Experience through employment, internships and/or volunteering in:
Teaching, higher education, educational consulting, community organizing, advising, or counseling.
Working with children, families or special populations.
Professional writing and research.
Pay depending on experience. Opportunities for advancement.
Attractive benefits package including medical, dental and vision insurance. Paid vacation and sick leave.
A resume that details your responsibilities at current and past jobs, internships, and volunteer positions.
A cover letter that (1) explains, through 2-3 specific examples, why your education and experience makes you a good fit for the Family Consultant position, and (2) explains why you would like to work with the profoundly intelligent community.
About Davidson Institute for Talent Development
The mission of the Davidson Institute is to recognize, nurture and support profoundly intelligent young people and to provide opportunities for them to develop their talents to make a positive difference.